Blood clot prediction tool to help those paying for care?

Posted on 18 August 2011

A new risk prediction tool could help patients paying for care who are at a high risk of developing blood clots.

Research published on bmj.com found that the risk prediction tool was able to identify those at a high risk of serious blood clots who may need treatment to prevent any occurring.

This tool could be easily integrated into GP computer systems in order to assess patients risk before hospitalisation, the researchers found.

University of Nottingham researchers developed an algorithm able to predict a person's risk of developing a potentially fatal clot.

"The algorithm is based on simple clinical variables which the patient is likely to know or which are routinely recorded in GP computer systems," explained the authors.

Meanwhile, Linda Main, dietetic advisor for Heart UK - The Cholesterol Charity, has said that moderate physical exercise is good for the heart.

The expert explained that any activity which makes the person slightly out of breath while still being able to hold a conversation is considered moderate exercise.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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